All Time Faves: Round the Bases -- Books about Baseball

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The Fan


The Fan
By Abrahams, Peter
2002-05 - Fawcett Books
9780345445797 Check our catalog

Baseball sensation Bobby Rayburn's major-league career is booming, and he just signed a multimillion-dollar contract with the Sox. Knife salesman Gil Renard's job is hanging by a thread and he just sold his most prized possession to stay afloat. All that keeps Gil going, in the face of divorce, destitution, and desperation, is rooting for the Sox-and the team's new savior, Bobby Rayburn. …More

Camp Ford: A Western Story

Camp Ford: A Western Story
By Boggs, Johnny D.
2005-06 - Five Star (ME)
9781594141294 Check our catalog

2006 Spur Award Winner - Best Western Novel
In his new novel, Boggs manages to deftly combine three American icons: the Old West, the Civil War, and baseball when it was only beginning to be the great American pastime. During the 1946 World Series, ninety-nine-year-old Win MacNaughton recalls the greatest baseball game of his entire life between a ragtag collection of Union prisoners of war against a squad of Confederate prison guards. …More

Havana Heat Havana Heat
By Brock, Darryl
2001-02 - Plume Books
9780452282339 Check our catalog

Deaf-mute pitcher Luther "Dummy" Taylor won 115 games for the New York Giants during the golden age of baseball (1900 to 1908). Brock's novel picks up Taylor's story in 1911 when Taylor is unsure what to do with his life after his pitching arm gives way to younger talent. …More

The Entitled The Entitled
By Deford, Frank
2007-05 - Sourcebooks Landmark
9781402208966 Check our catalog

Sportswriter, screenwriter, and author Deford scores another hit with this novel of athletes behaving badly. …More

The Sweetheart Season

The Sweetheart Season
By Fowler, Karen Joy
1998-02 - Ballantine Books
9780345416421 Check our catalog

As a rebellious daughter of the sixties recalls the year her mother played baseball in 1947, two luminous stories begin to unfold in America's heartland, one lived and one imagined.... …More

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
By King, Stephen
1999-04 - Scribner Book Company
9780684867625 Check our catalog

When a young girl gets lost in the woods, she has only her Sony Walkman for comfort. She is a huge fan of Tom Gordon, a relief pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, so she listens to a game and he becomes a character in her mind. The question is, is there something threatening in the woods? Or not? …More

Shoeless Joe Shoeless Joe
By Kinsella, W. P.
1999-04 - Mariner Books
9780395957738 Check our catalog

Inspiration for the movie "Field of Dreams, Shoeless Joe" is the ultimate baseball novel. …More

Last Days of Summer



Last Days of Summer
By Kluger, Steve
2008-06 - Harper Paperbacks
9780061564819 Check our catalog

"Last Days of Summer" is the story of Joey Margolis, neighborhood punching bag, growing up goofy and mostly fatherless in Brooklyn in the early 1940s. A boy looking for a hero, Joey decides to latch on to Charlie Banks, the all-star third baseman for the New York Giants. But Joey's chosen champion doesn't exactly welcome the extreme attention of a persistent young fan with an overactive imagination. …More

You Know Me Al: A Busher's Letters You Know Me Al: A Busher's Letters
By Lardner, Ring
1991-09 - Touchstone Books
9780020223429 Check our catalog

"You Know me Al" is a classic of baseball--the game and the community. Jack Keefe, one of literature's greatest characters, is talented, brash, and conceited. Self-assured and imperceptive, impervious to both advice and sarcasm, Keefe rises to the heights, but his inability to learn makes for his undoing. Through a series of letters from this bush-league pitcher to his not-quite-anonymous friend Al, Lardner maintains a balance between the funny and the moving, the pathetic and the glorious. …More

The Man with Two Arms The Man with Two Arms
By Lombardo, Billy
2010-02 - Overlook Press
9781590203071 Check our catalog

A striking and surprising debut novel about baseball, betrayal, and the heart and mind of America, "The Man with Two Arms" explores the ways in which families protect, love, and shape each other. …More

Wild Pitch Wild Pitch
By Lupica, Mike
2003-09 - Berkley Trade Pub
9780425192047 Check our catalog

Lupica's hilarious take on America's favorite sport is now in paperback. ""Wild Pitch" captures the angst, the pathos, and the rare exhilaration of being a Red Sox guy. This book is really good."--Robert B. Parker. …More

The Natural The Natural
By Malamud, Bernard
2000-11 - Harper Perennial
9780060958299 Check our catalog

Considered to be the greatest baseball novel ever written, this classic morality tale features the memorable character of Roy Hobbs -- a talented athlete whose career, dreams, and temptations are the subject of an epic story about the national need for heroes. …More

Double Play Double Play
By Parker, Robert B.
2004-07 - Wheeler Publishing
9781587247309 Check our catalog

This "home run thriller" ("New York Daily News") by the bestselling creator of the Spenser novels tells the story of when Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier in 1947, as seen through the eyes of a difficult, brooding, wounded man hired to guard Robinson. …More

The Great American Novel The Great American Novel
By Roth, Philip
1995-04 - Vintage Books USA
9780679749066 Check our catalog

Gil Gamesh, the only pitcher who ever literally tried to kill the umpire. The ex-con first baseman, John Baal, "The Babe Ruth of the Big House," who never hit a home run sober. If you've never heard of them--or of the Ruppert Mundys, the only homeless big-league ball team in American history--it's because of the Communist plot, and the capitalist scandal, that expunged the entire Patriot League from baseball memory.  …More